President

Oct 2017

Cari Fratelli e Sorelle di Cellini,

Well members, I left off last time with a hope of good weather for the Feast and it came true as it was a very successful 5 days (without any rain!). Thanks again to all who volunteered.

October is our Culture and Heritage month and there’s a lot to do. Be active as there are many events going on. However, a very special focus must be placed on one man – whether he is called Cristoforo Colombo, Cristobal Colon or in English, Christopher Columbus, we must all come together to keep his importance relevant to so many in the Western Hemisphere and abroad. And to Italian Americans the ‘Admiral of the Ocean’ is an important symbol as he was embraced by the persecuted Italian immigrants. I emailed last month a 2005 OSIA Fact vs. Fiction about Columbus to arm you with truths. I strongly urge you to come to one or both of our Columbus Day parades on October 8 (Huntington) and October 9 (Manhattan).

Columbus, who in ‘1492 sailed the ocean blue’ was born in 1451 in Genoa Italy to Domenica Colombo and Susanna Fontanarossa and he was married to Filipa Moniz Perestrelo in 1479. He had two children: Diego and Ferdinand. We all learned his boats were the Santa Maria, Pinta and Nina. Columbus died in Valladolid, Spain in 1506.

The final leg of the Discoverers’ Monument refurbishing is done as Sister Trish and Brother Mike Moslin changed the ballast and put in new light bulbs. Some big thanks for the generous donation of their time and hard work.

Our General Meeting was moved to September 11 due to the Labor Day holiday. I was proud to set up a small remembrance of 9-11 having firefighters, police officers and veterans of the lodge stand by our flag during a candlelit 3 minutes of silence and then to have all members recite our Pledge of Allegiance and sing the Star-Spangled Banner. The King (Matthew Duffy) stood in as Chaplain again for Jean – she wrote a solemn prayer that Matthew read.

As I write this, the Feast Thank You and the Fashion Show have not occurred – will report on in the next edition. Please see calendar and flyers inside newsletter for October events: Italian Night/Football Wedding, Culture and Heritage Night, Sands Casino trip and Halloween Hop. In addition, our General Meeting on October 2 will be shortened and a kick-off for all members to our 50th Anniversary year (see flyer inside) will take place.

Prayers go out to all in Texas with Hurricane Harvey and all in the islands, Florida and other East Coast states affected by Hurricane Irma. Action by Cellini has been taken as we started collecting for a hurricane relief fund at our 9/11 General Meeting. We will collect again at the next meeting and if you would like to donate to Cellini Lodge #2206 and can’t be there please contact me email or phone (remember page 2 of newsletter has Officers’ phone numbers).

May all of us in the Northeast enjoy Nature’s bright color show: the changing of the leaves in October.

Quando l’amico chiede, non v’è domani. – When a friend asks, there is no tomorrow.

God Bless you and your family, God Bless our ancestors and heritage and God Bless America!

Stammi Bene,

Mark A. Ventimiglia
President
Cellini Lodge # 2206
Order Sons of Italy in America

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